Training on the child’s rights act 2003 organized by and for the Forum for Child Practitioners concerned with Street children – 16th April, 2012

Training on the child’s rights act 2003 organized by and for the Forum for Child Practitioners concerned with Street children – 16th April, 2012
The training programme on the Child’s Rights Act Organized by Nigeria Network of NGOs, Taiwo Akinbami Inspires, Fair Life Africa Foundation, The Reach Out Team and Freedom Foundation was held on the 16th April, 2012 at the Staff Training Centre, University of Lagos, Yaba, Lagos between the hours of 9a.m. to 4p.m. Arrival, Registration and setting of participants as well as guests started by 9a.m. while the Chief Executive Officer of Fair Life Africa Foundation, Miss Ufuoma Emerhor made the welcome remarks. Afterwards, there was the introduction of participants and Guests.
Barrister Taiwo Akinlami of Inspires facilitated the programme. He made the first presentation on “A Beginner’s Overview of the Provisions of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003 by enlightening participants on the rights and responsibilities of children which he said is superior to the enforcement of the existing law that is focusing on prevention and social policing for the welfare of children. In view of the aforementioned, he described a child to be a state of existence and development. Furthermore, he talked about the rights languages which are two –
1. the duty bearer (parent, guardian, teachers, government, children etc) with reference to the law
2. The right holder – the children and the four (4) booklets of Right which are survival rights, developmental rights, parental rights and participation rights.
Also, he facilitated on the types of abuse (physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect); responsibilities of the children to their rights with respect to the laws; as well as child justice system.
Mr. O.G. Ilori, the Head of the Legal Action Unit of Lagos Office of NAPTIP related the theory to practice by revealing what they do as a Federal Government and Law Enforcement Agency.
The facilitator unfolded contemporary issues in child’s rights in Nigeria, identifying and dealing with forty-one human hindrance to the implementation of child’s rights act, 2003 which includes the victim mentality, ignorance, the divider, the busy, the naïve, the hopeless, the indiscipline and visionless, the timid, the careless, the perfectionist, the selfish, the impatient, the child silencers, the exploiters, the hypocrite, the inconsistent, the dictator, the unprepared, the angry, the myopic, the untruthful, the unguided and so on. Attitudinal change begins the path to dealing with these hindrances while commitment to the change, education, reporting and policing are part of the solution to these hindrances.
Principles in the making of the child’s rights practitioners was made as the 3rd presentation by Barrister Taiwo Akinlami where issues that affects child’s rights practitioners were dealt with through the review of who is a social worker and what is expected of a social worker.
The training programme later broke for questions from the participants. It was practically handled by the facilitator focusing on the needed change; Mr. Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi of the Nigeria Network of NGOs made the closing remarks by 4p.m. which brought the training to an end.